Jerusalem goes to Netanyahu, Tel Aviv to Gantz

Litzman triumphs in Bnei Brak, Gaza envelope split and New Right takes Gush Etzion.

April 10, 2019 19:38
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Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu rally their voters a day before elections 2019.

Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu rally their voters a day before elections 2019. . (photo credit: SRAYA DIAMANT / MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party was the top vote-getter in Jerusalem, followed closely by United Torah Judaism, while Benny Gantz’s Blue and White had a knock-out win in Tel Aviv.

Close to 25% of voters in the capital chose Likud, while UTJ came in a close second with 23% of the vote. Shas was the third biggest vote getter in Jerusalem with close to 14%, while Blue and White came in fourth with almost 12%.

In Tel Aviv, Gantz saw an overwhelming return of close to 46% of the vote, while Netanyahu received 19%, Meretz got 9% and Labor took 8.5%.

Bnei Brak, the largest haredi (ultra-Orthodox) city, gave 61% of its vote to UTJ and 25% to Shas. Likud received just 5% of the vote there, with all other parties falling below the electoral threshold of 3.25%.

In Haifa, Israel’s third largest city, almost 33% voted for Blue and White, while 24% voted Likud and more than 7% voted for Yisrael Beytenu. In Rishon Lezion, less than 1,000 votes split Gantz and Netanyahu: Blue and White received 35.3% and Likud got 34.6%. In Petah Tivka 32% of voters chose Likud while 27% picked Blue and White.

The residents of Nazareth, Israel’s largest Arab city, voted 53% for Hadash-Ta’al, close to 30% for Ra’am-Balad, 7% for Meretz and 4% for Blue and White. In Umm al-Fahm, almost 80% of voters chose Hadash-Ta’al. Just over 12% voted for Ra’am-Balad, and 5% voted for Meretz.

The Bedouin city of Rahat saw a lower than average turnout of 59%, with the most voters choosing Ra’am-Balad – 49%. Hadash-Ta’al received 39%, while Meretz got 4% and Blue and White got 3.6%.

In the largest West Bank settlement, the haredi city of Modi’in Illit, voters opted 80% for UTJ and 17% for Shas. Just 0.1% (22 people) voted for Blue and White – and three people voted for Hadash-Ta’al.

In the haredi settlement Beitar Illit, 63% of voters chose UTJ, while 26.5% voted for Shas. In Ma’aleh Adumim, a mixed religious-secular settlement just outside of Jerusalem, Netanyahu had a very strong showing with 50% of the votes – more than 10,000 people. Some 10% opted for Gantz, while 8% voted for the United Right (URP) and just 7% for the New Right.

In the cities and towns of the Gaza envelope – which have been plagued by rocket fire in recent months – the voters were split. In the city of Sderot, 43.5% of voters chose Likud, while 10% voted for Yisrael Beytenu, 10% for the URP and just 9% for Blue and White. In the Ein Habesor moshav, 54% voted for Gantz, while 16% chose Likud. In Kibbutz Be’eri, Labor received 45% of the vote, Blue and White 37% and Meretz 14%. In Kfar Aza, 55% chose Gantz, 21% Labor, 8% Meretz and 5% Likud.

The voters of Kfar Chabad opted 56% for URP, 19% for UTJ and 16% for Likud.

While the New Right Party of Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked may not cross the electoral threshold, it was the overwhelming winner in the Etzion bloc. Most of the neighborhoods in the settlement bloc south of Jerusalem gave their most votes to Bennett. Efrat, the largest town in the bloc, went 34% for Bennett, 24% for Likud, 23% for URP and 9% for Moshe Feiglin’s Zehut. Alon Shvut gave 37% of its votes to the New Right, 32% to URP and 15.5% to Likud. Neve Daniel went 40% for Bennett, 28% to the URP and 17.5% to Likud."

In Mevo Modiim, otherwise known as the Carlebach Moshav, the town’s 186 eligible voters were fairly split. They went 23% for Netanyahu, 21% for Zehut, 18% for URP and 11% for the New Right.

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